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    Why We Argue: A Sketch of an Epistemic-Democratic Program
    Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 29 (2): 60-67. 2014.
    This essay summarizes the research program developed in our new book, Why We Argue : A Guide to Political Disagreement. Humans naturally want to know and to take themselves as having reason on their side. Additionally, many people take democracy to be a uniquely proper mode of political arrangement. There is an old tension between reason and democracy, however, and it was first articulated by Plato. Plato’s concern about democracy was that it detached political decision from reason. Epistemic de…Read more
  •  24
    On Epistemic Abstemiousness and Diachronic Norms: A Reply to Bundy
    with Scott Aikin, Michael Harbour, and Jonathan Neufeld
    Logos and Episteme 3 (1): 125-130. 2012.
    In “On Epistemic Abstemiousness,” Alex Bundy has advanced his criticism of our view that the Principle of Suspension yields serious diachronic irrationality. Here, we defend the diachronic perspective on epistemic norms and clarify how we think the diachronic consequences follow.
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    Politics, for God’s sake (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 54 106-107. 2011.
  • Replies To Our Critics
    William James Studies 6 28-34. 2011.
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    Politics, for God’s sake (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 54 (54): 106-107. 2011.
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    Three Challenges To Jamesian Ethics
    William James Studies 6 3-9. 2011.
    Classical pragmatism is committed to the thought that philosophy must be relevant to ordinary life. This commitment is frequently employed critically: to show that some idea is irrelevant to ordinary life is to prove it to be expendable. But the commitment is also constructive: pragmatists must strive to make their positive views relevant. Accordingly, one would expect the classical pragmatists to have fixed their attention on ethics, since this is the area of philosophy most attuned to everyday…Read more
  •  235
    Nagel on Public Education and Intelligent Design
    with Scott F. Aikin and Michael Harbour
    Journal of Philosophical Research 35 209-219. 2010.
    In a recent article, Thomas Nagel argues against the court’s decision to strike down the Dover school district’s requirement that biology teachers in Dover public schools inform their students about Intelligent Design. Nagel contends that this ruling relies on questionable demarcation between science and nonscience and consequently misapplies the Establishment Clause of the constitution. Instead, he argues in favor of making room for an open discussion of these issues rather than an outright pro…Read more
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    Matters of conscience (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 61 (61): 113-114. 2013.
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    Matters of conscience (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 61 113-114. 2013.
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    Modus tonens
    Argumentation 22 (4): 521-529. 2008.
    Restating an interlocutor’s position in an incredulous tone of voice can sometimes serve legitimate dialectical ends. However, there are cases in which incredulous restatement is out of bounds. This article provides an analysis of one common instance of the inappropriate use of incredulous restatement, which the authors call “modus tonens.” The authors argue that modus tonens is vicious because it pragmatically implicates the view that one’s interlocutor is one’s cognitive subordinate and provid…Read more
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    Epistemic Abstainers, Epistemic Martyrs, and Epistemic Converts
    with Scott F. Aikin and Michael Harbour
    Logos and Episteme 1 (2): 211-219. 2010.
    An intuitive view regarding the epistemic significance of disagreement says that when epistemic peers disagree, they should suspend judgment. This abstemious view seems to embody a kind of detachment appropriate for rational beings; moreover, it seems to promote a kind of conciliatory inclination that makes for irenic and cooperative further discussion. Like many strategies for cooperation, however, the abstemious view creates opportunities for free-riding. In this essay, the authors argue that …Read more